Faculty of the Month

November & December 2017 Faculty of the Month

Sobia Saleem
A full-time member of the English Department

Sobia has been a part of Ohlone since 2013 as an adjunct, and more recently in the last year-and-a-half, as a full-time member of the English Department. During her time at Ohlone, she says she has had the honor and pleasure to serve on several committees and teams of stellar and passionate people, but the ones dearest to her heart are the Faculty Senate, the International Education Committee, and the Umoja Learning Community.

Some of the members of the Umoja learning community at Umoja XIII.

Sobia says that the moment she was interviewed for an adjunct position at Ohlone, she knew this was where she wanted to work because no other campus she’d worked at had the same feeling of warmth and care for all its family members: students, faculty, staff, and administration. She says she has tried to embody and carry this spirit on by becoming a student club advisor for the Pakistani Student Association, participating in the Faculty Exchange program to learn more about different andragogical styles, serving as an Umoja instructor and mentor, advocating for international students by serving as a faculty mentor, supporting Ohlone students by working with local adult schools, and joining several other programs created with the goal of helping the students succeed.

Some of Sobia’s international student mentees hiking in Hayward.

In working with various teams on campus, Sobia has had the pleasure of meeting some of the best and most dedicated people she knows. She has witnessed faculty discuss and debate major issues in the Faculty Senate while having the utmost respect for one another because it’s understood that everyone at the table cares about student success. Also, she has been humbled to work with the students, faculty, and staff who are a part of the Umoja community—“Together We Rise!”—which aims to foster and enhance the educational experiences and success of African-American students and all students, even if that means sending group messages (very) late at night on GroupMe. She has seen wonderful projects come out of the International Education Committee, such as the faculty professional development Global Literacy Certificate, on which at least ten faculty members from various disciplines collaborated to create modules with the goal of internationalizing the curriculum and promoting multiculturalism and inclusivity on campus. Sobia has found professional peers, activists, and friends in each of these groups on campus, which are each just microcosms of the kind of culture Ohlone fosters.

Some of the creators of the Global Literacy Certificate working hard!

When she is not teaching or working with various groups at Ohlone, Sobia splits her time between volunteering, working out, and spending time with family and friends. For about five years, she has worked with the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, which aims to help patients and their families deal with the debilitating autoimmune disorder lupus through social and education programs. In addition to volunteering, she loves working out and studying krav maga, a self-defense and fighting system that she says pushes her to her limits. The rest of her time is spent with her husband of almost ten years and her three beautiful black cats: Scooby, Sammy, and Billi.

Scooby, Sammy, and Billi being their usual selves.

Congratulations, Sobia—you are a welcome and wonderful addition to the Ohlone faculty!


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